Areas of practice

GESSEL’s arbitration practice (led by  Dr. Beata Gessel-Kalinowska vel Kalisz, FCIArb, senior partner of our firm) is staffed by lawyers with substantial experience in domestic and international arbitration. We represent Clients in arbitral proceedings and at all stages of the dispute resolution process. Dr Gessel is recognized internationally as a preeminent arbitration specialist, with a significant track record as counsel and as arbitrator. She is also a leading M&A lawyer in Poland and an acknowledged academic authority in the field of international transactions.

Our arbitration practice has grown on the foundation of GESSEL’s solid transactional experience and established presence on the Polish private equity market. A significant number of our arbitrations concerns M&A, joint ventures, investments or banking transactions. However, our arbitration lawyers also have significant experience in arbitrating disputes arising out of complex cross border contracts in various sectors such as construction, engineering, infrastructure, energy, IT, procurement, sale of goods and other technical sectors.

Our lawyers have represented Clients in proceedings with the place of arbitration in Geneva, The Hague, London, New York, Paris, Stockholm, Warsaw and Vienna under the arbitration rules of :

  • ICC (International Chamber of Commerce);
  • LCIA (London Court of International Arbitration);
  • SCC (Stockholm Chamber of Commerce);
  • VIAC (Vienna International Arbitration Centre);
  • SAKIG (Arbitration Court at the Polish Chamber of Commerce);
  • Lewiatan Arbitration Court;
  • Ad hoc proceedings under the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules.

Members of GESSEL’s arbitration practice are also well-phrased in trade association arbitrations under the arbitration rules of the FOSFA (Federation of Oils, Seeds and Fats Associations), GAFTA (Grain and Feed Trade Association), and LME (London Metal Exchange). We attend to recognition and enforcement of awards in various jurisdictions and act in general court proceedings ancillary to arbitration (e.g. security for claims or jurisdictional challenges).

We regularly design and prepare dispute management provisions and arbitration agreements for various business ventures. We are also involved in dispute related risk assessments for national and international transactions and advise in relation to the problems with the execution of contracts.

Our underlying aim is to provide our Clients with the best available and cost effective dispute resolution strategy and to deliver a business-orientated advice.